Santorum readies ads in Arizona
February 15th, 2012
01:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum readies ads in Arizona

(CNN) - Rick Santorum's presidential campaign says they're going to hit Arizona airwaves with campaign commercials.

The campaign told CNN that they will begin running TV ads in Arizona on Thursday. The state, along with Michigan, is next up in the primary and caucus calendar, with both holding primaries on February 28. While Arizona's 29 delegates are winner take all, the 30 delegates at stake in Michigan will be divided proportionally.

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Santorum is scheduled to campaign in Arizona next Wednesday, when he's in the state for a Republican presidential debate co-sponsored by CNN and the Arizona Republican Party.

The Santorum campaign went up with two positive spots in Michigan on Tuesday and launched a new commercial Wednesday making fun of rival Mitt Romney for going "negative." It also criticized his record, including the health care legislation passed when Romney was governor of Massachusetts. The spot used an actor wearing a tie to portray Romney shooting mud at a cut out of Santorum, but missing his target.

"This time Romney's firing his mud at Rick Santorum … Romney's trying to hide from his big government 'Romneycare,'" says the narrator in the ad.

Santorum's victories over Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas last Tuesday in caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a non-binding primary in Missouri sparked a rise in national and state polling, and cemented the perception that Romney was having a hard time locking down support of core conservatives.

While Romney's campaign hasn't launched a negative TV ad in the February 28th or Super Tuesday (March 6) states, an independent super PAC that supports Romney started running a spot that attacks Santorum. The ad, by Restore Our Future, portrays the former senator from Pennsylvania as a "big spender Washington insider."

The group said the ad is running in Arizona, Michigan and Ohio, one of the ten Super Tuesday states. While the Romney campaign has yet to run spots in Arizona, Restore Our Future has already spent just over $150,000 to run ads in the state, according to estimates by Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), a company that tracks and estimates the costs of campaign ads running on the air.

While there was an outbreak of campaign commercials, many of which were attack ads, in South Carolina and Florida, there were barely any buys in Nevada and the February 7th states.

– CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Arizona • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. patNY

    This guy makes me sick!

    February 15, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Those 3 consecutive wins has Ayatollah Santorum feeling like a real contender. Too bad he doesn't have any $$$$.

    February 15, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Jane

    Mr. Santorum: you swore on the bible to uphold the Constitution. You did NOT swear on the Constitution to uphold the bible. Just in case you forgot, because it's been a while since you were unceremoniously kicked out of that job.

    February 15, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Dave

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$ with the personality of a table vs a genuine guy & with modest assets to run & the underdog Im going with the dog!

    February 15, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    patNY - This guy makes me sick
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    Nahhh... pre-existing condition!

    February 15, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. rs

    Santorum better bring his birth certificate!

    February 15, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. GI Joe.

    I'll post this one again ----

    Santorum is a "holier-than-thou" self-righteous jerk. He will take away ALL women's rights and reverse a lot of policies that give people the right to "equal treatment" in this country.

    First women, then who? Democratic men? The gays? Unmarried people? WHO?

    February 15, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. GI Joe.

    He thinks elite means educated - ha ha ha

    February 15, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    atNY – This guy makes me sick
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    Nahhh... pre-existing condition!

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    Nahhh...instinct.

    February 15, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Larry in Houston

    @ Rudy NYC – A Big Thank You !! I think he's been on the the other news channel Way Too Long ! or else he's been drinking the republican Kool – Aid too long, it must have warped his brain, or else his mother accidentally dropped him on his head, when he was a baby.

    February 15, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. diridi

    This idiot makes every America sick. o.k, He sends you to Iran, if he again talks war, let us all dump this animal in Iran. Let that Muslim take care of this nasty animal....god bless.

    February 15, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. big d

    what can u say but 'really america' this guy is one of the best options for potus, may have to look ar outsourcing the gop nomination to india to gef someone who is qualified

    February 15, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Nobody's Fool

    I guess my comment was erased so I will say it again. Rick Santorum could be the poster boy for a prophylactic. Seriously, contraceptives, I believe have been used not just to prevent unwanted pregnancies. But also in part to ensure people like this guy never exist. If traveling through time was possible, I would try to erase this guy like SkyNet tries to prevent John Connor's existence in the first Terminator film.

    February 15, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Santorum is too much connected to the social conservatives and would want a Christian version of the Taliban (maybe not so tough though). He also doesn't seem to like much advancement for women; possible wrong impression, but how wrong is it? Romney does have to worry about what was done while he was governor in MA. I just wonder how long it will be before someone does a large evaluation of what deals he had a hand in while at Bane and compare them to Romney statements.

    February 15, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |